Global Poker Index: Quiet Week Keeps Kenney, Petrangelo on Top

Each week, the Global Poker Index releases a list of the top tournament poker players in the world using a formula that takes into account a player’s results over six half-year periods. For a look at the entire list, visit the official GPI website. Here’s a look at the rankings as of February 15.

2017 GPI Player of the Year

Rank Player GPI Score Change
1 Bryn Kenney 1592.85
2 Mustapha Kanit 1424.52
3 Byron Kaverman 1257.50
4 David Yan 956.39
5 Nathan Bjerno 796.36
6 Nick Petrangelo 788.13
7 Ben Heath 771.68
8 Luc Greenwood 765.12
9 Sergi Reixach 760.80
10 Daniel Weinman 751.83

A relatively quiet week of tournament poker meant the top of the 2017 Global Poker Index Player of the Year standings remained unchanged from a week ago. Bryn Kenney remains at No. 1 for a second week in a row, with all 10 of those appearing on this least remaining right where they were at the last update.

Nadya Magnus nearly cracked the list after jumping all of the way from No. 81 to No. 11 after winning the $2,200 High Roller at the World Series of Poker Circuit Milwaukee stop last week. Magnus topped a 119-entry field to earn a $71,398 first prize and a bundle of POY points.

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank Player GPI Score Change
1 Nick Petrangelo 3551.32
2 David Peters 3499.71
3 Fedor Holz 3309.63
4 Bryn Kenney 3264.27
5 Justin Bonomo 3130.44
6 Adrian Mateos 3098.44
7 Ankush Mandavia 3078.29
8 Jack Salter 3023.44
9 Dan Smith 3007.59
10 Ari Engel 2975.14

It’s the same, relatively quiet story emanating from the GPI overall rankings this week, where the top 10 players all remain unchanged from a week ago with Nick Petrangelo at No. 5 for a fifth week running.

That image up above, incidentally, comes from a photo taken just before the conclusion of the $25,750 High Roller at the PokerStars Bahamas Championship in January where Kenney finished ninth, Petrangelo second and Luc Greenwood won.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

Rank Player Total Score
274 James Akenhead 1735.22
286 Stoyan Obreshkov 1715.57
289 Nick Yunis 1709.45
291 Salvatore Dicarlo 1707.77
293 Andrey Kotelnikov 1706.11
294 Arthur Conan 1704.53
295 William Kassouf 1704.21
296 Anton Astapau 1702.22
297 Mark Herm 1697.45
298 Nick Pupillo 1697.18
299 David Stefanski 1696.03
300 Vojtech Ruzicka 1692.72

A dozen players joined the top 300 this week, all arriving to fill spots in the bottom 10th of the list. The highest-ranked of the group is James Akenhead who most recently collected a couple of cashes at the PokerStars Festival London series, helping him move up from No. 352 to No. 274.

Biggest Gains

Rank Player Total GPI Score Change
298 Nick Pupillo 1697.18 +150
274 James Akenhead 1735.22 +78
222 Loni Harwood 1827.86 +72
294 Arthur Conan 1704.53 +65
188 Patrick Mahoney 1895.27 +57

Akenhead’s upward move was the second-largest of any player appearing in the current top 300, only exceeded by Nick Pupillo who went from No. 448 to No. 298 after finishing sixth in the WSOP-C Milwaukee Main Event won by Alex Aqel.

Loni Harwood also made a decent-sized move up from No. 294 to No. 222 this week after her most recent tournament cashes carried her just over the $2 million-mark in lifetime earnings. Harwood’s highest-previous GPI ranking was No. 120 in June 2014.

Biggest Drops

Rank Player Total GPI Score Change
275 Jerry Wong 1732.92 -116
251 Jeff Rossiter 1772.95 -106
212 Daniel Strelitz 1840.25 -79
217 Michael Addamo 1834.34 -77
248 Mike McDonald 1782.65 -75

Meanwhile looking only at players still in the GPI top 300, Jerry Wong fell the furthest since last week after dropping from No. 159 to No. 275.

What to Expect Next Week

The World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic remains in action this week, still working its way through preliminary events in advance of the Main Event later this month. There are also WPTDeepStacks series ongoing at bestbet Jacksonville in Florida and the Parx Casino in Pennsylvania.

In Europe the Dutch Classics in underway at the Kings Casino in Rozvakov, Czech Republic. And in Asia the much anticipated Triton Series Manila 2017 gets going tomorrow at the Solaire Resort where PokerNews will be delivering live updates, chip counts, and more.

To view the GPI overall rankings in their entirety, visit the official GPI website. While you’re at it, follow the GPI on Twitter and its Facebook page.

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